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>> time for what do i need to know for the next week. tracy? >> this financial transaction tax came in a lot of ground. be very careful if it goes through, you might want to readjust your portfolio. >> all right. wayne, what do i need to know? >> well, we're talk being oil and gas. clmt, trading at a yield, in excess of 7% and a low multiple of 11 and i own it. >> all right. very good. how about you, jonathan? >> i'm bearish on bonds and gold, but bullish on all the evil penn and park. they invest in the debt and equity of a lot of mid-size companies. i think this is one that could do well, even as commodities go down and interest rates go up. >> interesting play. we really have kind of shored up
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the banking system. that's an interesting play. keep your eye on that. that's it for the "the cost of freedom" block this week. thank you for joining us. remember, you can weigh in on all the topics we discussed on twitter. be sure to sound off. remember, while you work hard, pay your taxes, struggle to put food on the table. lawmakers in dc are cash not guilty and that's got to stop of the i'll see you on "the five" week days at 5:00 p.m. eastern. have a great day, everybody. a bad weekend for facebook. the popular social media site gets hacked just shortly after word breaks that they paid no income taxes last year and we'll get a hefty refund. find out how much money the company is getting back.
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a major clean-up in russia after a meteor blew out thousands of windows and injured 1200 people. could more fire balls be coming our way? we'll ask bill nye, the science guy. and count down to cuts. heated hearings on the hill this week on the impact of the looming mandatory defense cuts. we'll hear from both sides of the aisle will whether there is time to stop sequestration. i'm doug mckelway, america's news headquarters live from the nation's capitol starts right now. it's tax season and while many of us may have to pay up this year, the social media site, facebook, is reportedly getting a ton of cash back from the government. peter doocy live with the details now. peter? >> doug, folks all around the world use facebook for free. but that company still manages to make a lot of money, about $1.1 billion in profit just last year, just here in the united states. they didn't pay any federal
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income tax or state income tax in 2012. in fact, they'll get a refund of $429 million because of one tax deduction. for executive stock options. >> employees cashed in the stock options and at that point, there was a tax deduction for the company. because even though it didn't cost facebook a nickel, the government treats as wages and they get a deduction for it. >> just this week, president obama said congress should get rid of tax breaks like this one. >> save hundreds of billions of dollars by getting rid of tax loopholes and deductions for the well off and the well connected. >> president obama has benefited tremendously from his popularity on social media and tax experts say that might be why he let's facebook get away with billion dollars tax breaks like this one. >> the president certainly had a double standard when it comes to picking out examples that help him advance his policy agenda. he often points to oil and gas companies taking questionable deductions, which are perfectly legal under the law. but he leaves out other
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companies like facebook that pay a low effective tax rate, but doesn't go after, again, which are perfectly legal and justified deductions, doesn't point them out and make them an example the same way does he in an industry like oil and gas. >> facebook got a $1 billion tax break in 2012. they carried over $2.2 billion in breaks to use in future years. so far facebook spokesperson has declined comment about the big tax break. doug. >> peter doocy, thank you very much. shortly after news broke on facebook's tax returns, the company announced it had been hacked in recent weeks. facebook says intruders were able to get into the system that runs the social media site, but no sensitive user information was taken of the they aren't saying who was behind it, but a security expert with knowledge of the attack says it appears to have originated from china. republicans took a stand this week, filibustering former senator chuck hagel's nomination. one of those taking some heat
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after the vote is senator rand paul who has his eye on a possible 2016 presidential bid. the move is putting him at odds with some of his most ardent supporters, the tea party activists. how are this impact his future political career? joining us is chris, the host of power play, which airs weekdays on fox news.com. chris, thanks for coming in on a saturday. >> you know. anything to talk -- anything to get the 2016 speculation started. why wait? >> let's get the ball rolling. first, let's look at a quote from a statement that rand paul issued shortly after he helped put on hold some of these cabinet nominations. he said, quote, i believe there are standards in both policy and background that go beyond mere disagreement and go to the sustainability -- the suitability, i should say, of the nominee to perform their job. that's why i have placed on hold the nomination of john brennan to serve as director of the c.i.a. that's also why i voted to not end debate on the hagel
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nomination. i do not believe senator hagel has adequately explained his activities in their financing since he left the senate. what is he referring to specifically there? >> chuck hagel, former republican senator from nebraska, doesn't and didn't want to tell his former colleagues in the senate everything about where he got paid to speak pro-arab groups that he talked to that compound and complicate previous statements that he had made about the so-called jewish lobby, referring to the united states as connection to israel. for rand paul, this is extra tricky. this sounds a little confusing, but imagine this, the foreign policy of libertarian minded conservative republicans like rand paul has more in common with chuck hagel than it does with john mccain. they are opposed to intervention. they're in favor of cutting defense budgets as part of an overrecall reduction in government spending.
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so libertarians like the idea of chuck hagel, who wants to be part of cuts and who wants to be less interventionist. remember, libertarians want to bring the troops home just as much as many liberals used to when george w. bush was president. so it's complicated for rand paul. he says he's fighting hagel on these principle grounds as it relates to benghazi, as it relates to the disclosure of documents and other things. but if libertarians had their way, they would prefer him to the guy who was just in there, leon panetta. >> rand paul is an intriguing character, if for no other reason than he always maintainses a very, very calm demeanor, but fires some heavy broadsides at the same time, one of which he fired at secretary of state hillary clinton during the benghazi hearing. let's take listen to what he said. >> and had i been president at the time and i found that you did not read the cables from benghazi, you did not read the cables from ambassador stevens, i would have relieved you of your post.
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i think it's inexcusable. >> your reaction? >> wow. look, here is the thing, rand paul, his dad, they're both doctors, but they're hugely different demeanors. his father gets wound up and he let's it rip and it makes people happy inside the libertarian conservative base. but rand paul says things of equal or sometimes greater potency, but you saw there, he delivers it as dead pan. it just comes across as this very even tone which is part of actually the way that he's been able to become more of a main stream figure than his dad was. >> "the joshuajosh crosshauler,e this, he's been able to tailor his libertarian ideology.
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he touted his investment on right to work investigate, his call to audit the federal reserve and even his leadership on legalizing industrial hemp. >> if you think about how the -- how much more libertarian the republican party has become in the past decade, it's pretty remarkable. industrialized hemp is actually big money in -- could be big money in kentucky. big money right now, something else that grows like hemp is big money in ken kentucky, but it's illegal. but even mitch mcconnell, the senior senator from ken condition who is also the minority leader in the senate, he also favors industrial hemp growing. not for smoking, but for making into fiber and fabric. that's a big change. the paul family, ron paul and now his son, have a lot to do with how much more libertarian republicans have become in the last few years. >> we're out of time, but this raises an interesting perspective on how young people are attracted to some of this
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libertarian idea. they reject in many respects the intrusion of government in their lives and this is an appeal that republicans lack. >> hating the government is a very popular with a lot of people because if you see the approval ratings, it's no wonder and this is one vision, one pathway forward for the gop. >> thank you very much. appreciate you coming in on a saturday. >> any time. >> some are calling senator paul's tea party rebuttal a bit divisive. tomorrow on fox news sunday, he talks exclusively with chris wallace and in another exclusive interview, senator lindsey graham will also be stopping by. he tells chris why he feels it's so important to stand his ground on holding up the hagel nomination. tune in for all of fox news sunday tomorrow morning. check your local listings for time and channel. the march 1 deadline for the sequester is now just a couple of weeks away. a little less. if congress can't strike a deal, it will cause massive across the board spending cuts, including those to the defense department. joining us now are two members of the house armed services committee, republican congressman from utah, rob
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bishop, and democratic congressman from california, john guaramenti. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> first off, we'll ask congressman, will the sequester happen, in your opinion? >> i hope not. it's going to be devastating not only for the military, but for many, many other programs that people rely on, for example, air traffic controllers, border patrol, lots of programs are going to be very, very seriously impacted and perhaps 750 to a million people will lose their jobs immediately. >> congressman bishop, your thoughts? >> look, until the last minute happens, you in -- it's always a chance that something will work out. it's looking very slim, to be honest. i wouldn't bet on it not happening. >> let's take a look at just a couple of basic figures about sequestration and what it will entail. we're talking about $1.2 trillion in cuts over the next decade. 85 billion cuts from agency budgets over the next seven months. that's key. 85 billion over the next seven
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months, including 46 billion from the pentagon. and the interesting thing about this, gentlemen, is that the cuts are applied evenly to every program, regardless of importance. congressman bishop, i know that you had some fairly harsh words to assistant secretary of state ashton carter, i think on wednesday, february 13. i want to play a little bit of an exchange you had with him before we ask you about this here. >> december was too late to start this question. had you actually been doing something earlier about it, we may have been able to get momentum that was extremely necessary. and i'm sorry, there is a lot of blame to go around if we actually have to have sequestration. don't think you're going to get out of accepting some part of that blame. >> but congressman bishop, on the other hand, general said that it is impossible to plan for chaos. your reaction? >> well, look, the problem with sequestration is it doesn't start with a level playing field. when we passed the stimulus
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bill, which is probably the second dumbest bill we ever passed, every little of government was increased except for defense. defense was cut not once, but twice. so they start 1 1/2 trillion dollars below and that's why the impact of defense is disproportionate and will be devastating. the problem that we had coming from the pentagon is simply they didn't really say anything about it. they said, it's devastating. it's bad. but they didn't come up with specifics of what it would mean until one month before it was supposed to go into effect. so if they had been talking about this last january, or if they had been talking about it in june and july with specifics of where they would cut, it would have been part of the political discussion in every campaign all the way along and people would understand what the issue really is. when you say it's devastating, okay. how are you going to solve it? well, we're not going to plan anything. but that tells you is that it's probably not going to happen. when the president says it's not going to happen, people tend to take him at his word. now it's about to happen.
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so their tactics were either because they're timid, which i don't believe, or they were silent on the issue and now that they're saying, what really will happen, it's too little and it's too late. that's on their heads. >> congressman, do you agree that the defense department is bearing an unfair burden of these cuts? >> we know they'll be across the board at the defense department. they're unwise. they make no sense at all. it's not prioritizing those programs that are not necessary, not effective or efficient. similarly on the discretionary side, these are programs for education, research, jal lunch programs, even men and women that are in the food chain that are providing the safety of the food. all of these things are out there. what we need to do is to not look at blaming one way or another, but really put together a program. we still have two weeks to get it done. and it can be done. proposals have been made to seek a balanced approach, making even larger cuts that the
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$85 billion, in the deficit. not in programs, but in the deficit, raising some taxes by ending certain loopholes. one of which you picked up just a few moments ago, the google thing is unconclusionable. that's a law we need to change it. we'll bring money into the treasury in doing so. so we need a balanced approach to this. the military cuts have been proposed. at least by our team to be stretched out over the next five or six years, immediate cuts not to be made, but rather to do wise, thoughtful cuts. as the troops come home, we know there can be some reductions and we know there can be reductions on the discretionary side. but we have to be thoughtful about it. unfortunately, sequestration is anything but thoughtful. it is just a meat ax to everything and it is very, very damaging. we ought not go there. we do have two weeks. let's get back to work. let's go vote and get something done. >> can do you that, because congress is in of next week. doesn't sound like there is
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tremendous urgency. >> well, there is urgency. there is no doubt about it. yes, congress is in recess. that's unfortunate. but we industrial a week after that. work has been done. work is continuing to be done on compromises and we are going to have to compromise on this both left, right and center got to find the middle ground and reduce our deficit, but do it in a thoughtful way. >> congressman, democrat from california, congressman bishop, republican from utah, thank you both. we appreciate your time. >> thank you. >> a neurosurgeon and motivational speaker is becoming a bit of a viral video sensation for remarks he made at the annual national prayer breakfast last week while standing just feet from president obama. dr. benjamin carson talked about the ills that he thinks are plaguing the nation. he criticized political correctness and what he called health care death panels. some say his remarks may have gone too far, but last night on hannity, he disagreed. >> you can't say something like that in front of the president.
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when did this become a monarchy? you know, we are the people. the president works for us. and you know, we need to remember that. this is a country that is for, of and by the people. not for, of and by the government. and that is the big battle that we are in right now. >> carson says he has been receiving a lot of positive feedback from his remarks and that people are overjoyed to hear some common sense. a bomb ripped through a crowded outdoor vegetable market in a city in southern pakistan, killing at least 60 people and injuring more than 180 others. they say the blast was set off by remote control while women and children were shopping for their dinner. this is the latest attack on the city's shiite minority in recent months. a new twist in the christopher dorner case. we now know how the rogue form l.a.p.d officer was taken down and it wasn't by police. we'll have the latest on that
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>> after living a nightmare on the carnival triumph, some passengers faced even more travel troubles on land. one of the buses charged with taking them to new orleans broke down and passengers on another bus say their luggage was lost. conditions on the ship deteriorated after an engine fire, power we want out and the plumbing system went out. passengers complained of long lines for food. there is a federal investigation now underway into the cause of the fire and the response to it. investigators looking into the firey end of that police stand-off in california say christopher dorner died of a self-inflicted gunshot. that news comes as police are
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defending their tactics, revealing dorner had been hiding in a condo just 100 feet from the command post. adam housley live from the los angeles with more on the story. >> yeah. quite a day yesterday afternoon when the sheriff's department gave us the latest on the investigation and took questions about the fact that dorner was in that condo a short distance away. remember, though, that they had checked that entire area. it had been locked and later on, the people that owned it had unlocked it for a repairman. that's when dorner slipped inside. the question becomes, should they have gone back and rechecked areas after checking it one time? we had a chance to see some of the weaponry that christopher dorner used to attack his innocent victims. ten different types of silencers were found, or have been found so far, including a high profile rifle that had a silencer on the end and on the butt of that rifle, a cheek guard, etched in that cheek guard action the word vengeance. those were all shown to us yesterday. and that was happening in the afternoon. up the hill, the cabin where he
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took his own life, at least that's what authorities believe, was still smoldering. the cabin owners, who were not there at the time, had a chance to come back and see what happened, see where the shootout all took place, and they watched it all go down on television. but having said that, their thoughts are with the victim. take a listen. >> it's a cabin. it's not a life. so though dorner may have died there, we don't -- it's where the officer was fatally wounded. those are the more important things. >> true tragedy is these four innocent people that were murdered by this man. >> dorner, of course, authorities believe shot himself in the basement. that's where his remains were found. at the same time, there is some question whether or not he may have been injured. another interesting detail that came out, interesting in that, was that when that fire fight went down on tuesday, the two officers that were shot had responded to the scene. dorner was using a high profile
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rifle with a silencer. they didn't know where he was. so as they got out of their patrol vehicles, he shot both of them. basically ambushing them as well. so every single victim dorner either killed or injured, he ambushed. back to you. >> unbelievable. the good news is this reign of terror but i a very bad guy is over. we're keeping our eyes on the skies after more than 1,000 people were injured by an exploding space rock. still to come, bill nye, the science guy, will tell us if it could happen again [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso. i just served my mother-in-law your chicken noodle soup but she loved it so much... i told her it was homemade. everyone tells a little white lie now and then. but now she wants my recipe [ clears his throat ] [ softly ] she's right behind me isn't she? [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. to fly home for the big family reunion.
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>> the world's number one social network is the latest victim of a wave of cyber attacks. peter doocy standing by with some of today's top stories. >> yesterday facebook announced that hackers infiltrated some of
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its employees' laptops in recent weeks. no sensitive information about any of its 1 billion members was stolen. security expert at another company says that attack came from china. vatican says that the conclave to choose pope benedict's successor could start before march 15. according to existing rules, the conclave was to start between march 15 and 20, but a vatican spokesman says it could happen earlier because the church is dealing with a resignation instead of a sudden papal death. ten months after two people were shot to death at a coast guard station on alaska's kodiak island, authorities say they made an arrest. james michael wells was a civilian co-worker of the victims. so far no word on his alleged motive. with his wife and daughters on a ski trip, president obama is getting away for a boys' weekend. he and buddies took off for florida yesterday where they'll be hitting the links at an exclusive resort. and those are the top stories
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right now. back to you. >> wouldn't you like to be a caddy for that match? >> i would, i would. as long as -- yeah. i would. >> i'll talk to you about that after. thank you. ahead of talks with the west later this month, iran's supreme leader is saying that nothing can stop his country from building a nuclear weapon. but he adds that is not what iran wants to do. ayatollah khomeini has final say over all iranian state matters. he said tehran backs the elimination of nuclear weapons, however, western powers have long suspected tehran of trying to build one. life is getting back to normal for all of those shell shocked russians who were witness to the largest meteor strike in a century. it came yesterday on the same day that an asteroid was scheduled for a very intimate fly by of our third rock from the sun. greg palkot tells us the most surprising part of the story may be that more people were not injured in the morning blast.
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>> it came from the sky just after 9:00 o'clock in the morning local time. a ten-ton meteor racing at around 33,000 miles an hour through the atmosphere, streaked over the russian city, 900 miles east of moscow before exploding in a fire ball, blinding bright light, said to have the power of an atomic bomb. a few minutes later, shock we'ves were sent from a sonic boom the that smashed windows, damaged hundreds of buildings, knocked out phone service. nearly 1,000 people were hurt. 100 were hospitalized. no one reported killed. it reminded me of action movies, like "terminator 4" this eyewitness said. the light was very bright, like bright sun. then the blast happened. another eyewitness said there was panic in the streets and another said it felt like a war zone. 20,000 emergency workers fanned out across the region. three impact sites were found. the meteor missed nuclear and chemical weapons storage facilities. russian president putin promised aid for those affected.
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some small meteors strike the earth every year, including the u.s. but this one noteworthy for its size, injury toll and visibility. >> the thing is that it came down over a populated area, an industrial area, in fact. and that is maybe unusual. >> that was greg palkot reporting. so could this event have been predicted? can cost it happen again? bill nye, the science guy, joins us with some answers. a pleasure to speak to you. one thing that really strikes me about this meteor was its size, about 150 feet in diameter, weighing, i read as much as a nuclear submarine, traveling at, what, 40,000 miles per hour. imagine the impact had this thing come in directly and not been burned up or exploded in the atmosphere. what would have happened? >> i think you got the two events mixed. the one yesterday was barely five meters, the one over russia. the one that just missed us was 45-meters. so that 45-meter one had come
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in, you're talking about 200 times the explosive power of the weapons exploded over japan to end world war ii. so this is a real threat to humanity and what we want do is catalog them, is find them all. this is a very difficult thing, especially when they're as small as the one over russia. when something only as big as, say, the distance between me and your camera and it's traveling at over 30,000 kill meters an hour and it's very dark, they're hard to see, they're hard to find. however, it is very much in humanity's best interest to find them all and then we can develop ways which really are not that -- they're not that far in the future. develop ways to give them a little nudge. >> let's talk about some of those ways because i read there are all kinds of possibilities, from everything from nuking an asteroid to painting it to help the sun deflect its direction. is that realistic? >> yeah, yeah. so what we want to do is change
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the speed of these things just a few millimeters a second, just a few millimeters. so if you can find it, say, ten years in advance before it was going to cross the earth's orbit when we are there, then you would just give it a little nudge. the planetary society made the grant to the astronomers in spain who found asteroid 2012 da 14. so it's a niche business of finding these fast moving, relatively small objects. still tremendous destructive power. anyway, what we want to do is get these spacecraft with silver panels that would pump lasers and shoot the lasers at the rock and inject the stuff that's burning off, evaporating would give it a little tiny rocket motor nudge. so it would miss the earth when it comes around. >> yet, is it true, as i have read, that this meteor, which
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blew up in the russian atmosphere yesterday, was not detected at all and could not have been detected because of daylight? is it that make any sense? >> very hard to detect because it's only sort of this big. and so it's dark and going 30,000 miles an hour. i say very hard, but you got to figure not impossible f. humankind decided this was worth doing, we'd go out there and give them all a nudge. >> we've got just about 30 seconds left. i want to ask you, really quickly, had this thing impacted earth with that speed, 30,000-kilometers an hour, what would have been the damage? >> well f it had made it to the ground, just the whole thing had been a little bigger, make it to the ground, if you ever been to meteor crater arizona, an object this magnitude, between 0 and 50-meters, made a crater in the ground over a mile wide, like that, in an instant. so this is why humankind should give it some thought. it will be an opportunity for
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everyone on earth to work together, if i may, save the planet for us. thanks for having me on. >> fascinating discussion. we appreciate you being on of the thank you very much. good to see you. enough about problems of the universe and problems of washington. coming up next, we'll look at how the freshman class in congress is banding together to try to fix the country's financial crisis. and more snow making the northeast look like the north pole. will they be able to dig out by springtime? a live report coming up twins. i didn't see them coming. i have obligations. cute obligations, but obligations. i need to rethink the core of my portfolio. what i really need is sleep. introducing the ishares core, building blocks for the heart of your portfolio. find out why 9 out of 10 large professional investors choose ishares for their etfs. ishares by blackrock. call 1-800-ishares for a prospectus which includes
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north carolina, rob pittinger and democratic congressman from arizona, kirsten cinema. welcome to you both. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> you say that you're committed to a new era of congress. but i have to ask you, it sounds a little bit like an insurgency and perhaps a little bit offensetive to the leadership in place there. your reaction, kirsten? >> you know, on the democratic side, the freshmen came together with folks like bob and others on the republican side. we've been working on this issue for five weeks now. in fact, the conversation started before we even took office. and on the democratic side, we reached out to leadership ahead of time and said hey, we're working on this project. it's important to us. it's important to our constituents. and we hear daily from our communities that they want a bipartisan solution and it ends the bickering. we got no push back at all from our leadership. in fact, many of them said, good. go forward and we need some change in washington. >> congressman pittinger, your reaction to that? do you see this or could it be
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perceived of as a potential threat to the established order? >> no, sir. we got tremendous support from our leadership. we all recognize that the national debt is the biggest crisis that we face. and that has to be front and center. frankly, all the briefings we attended together as a freshmen class, over and over we kept hearing that concern. and today that concern is not really front and center as it needs to be. so really that's what drew us together. that's why we wrote the letter to the president. that's why we wrote the leadership, to try to make sure that we do whatever we have to do to address this national debt. >> let's take look at some of your proposals. to strengthen and preserve medicare and social security as one of them. another is promote economic growth to generate revenue. third, to cut spending. and fourth, to cut back on medicaid fraud. these are always noble
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endeavors. but as is so often the case, the devil is in the details and the different parties seem to have a different approaches, different means to the same end. so how do you broach those two divides? >> -- that divide, i should say. >> go ahead, bob. >> well, i think clearly it has to be front and center. we're really right now straightening pictures while the house is burning down. if you're an alcoholic, you first have to admit off disease and we haven't been hearing the message, we haven't heard the concern. the president in his inauguration and state of the union never mentioned the debt. the debt has to be first and foremost. it's going to imperil the future economic condition of our country. we'll end up in a financial collapse like greece. so we have outlined some provisions, means by which we can get there. this framework, we believe is doable and achievable. >> congressman cinema, you wrote a letter to the white house. what has been the response from
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the white house? >> you know, we just submitted all of our materials actually yesterday. so i think on thursday. so we haven't heard back from the white house, but we did hear from our leadership on the democratic side and i know that congressman pittinger heard back from his leadership on the republican side. to be honest, what i think we're most concerned about is not really the reaction that comes from leadership. what we're really concerned about is solving the problem. your question was whether or not we can solve this problem even though we have different ideas of how to get there. i can tell you i served for nearly a decade in my state legislature, where i was a member of the minority. we managed to come together and solve problems on a regular basis. i know we can do it in congress. we just have to be willing to have these conversations from the relationship -- form the relationships and eventually we'll have to come together and compromise and find common ground. this letter represents our commitment to doing just that. it's up to awful us in congress to actually follow through and make it a reality. >> congressman cinema, i think the country is pulling for you.
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we really appreciate your helping us to see this effort you're making, you and 32 other flesch members of congress. kirsten cinema, democrat from arizona, and representative rob pittinger, republican from north carolina, thanks to both of you. >> thank you. >> school principal said no white children allowed in an after school tutoring program. that did not sit well with one outraged parent. what did she do next? we'll find out when she joins us when we come back hi. hi. i'm here to pick up some cacti. it should be under stephens. the verizon share everything plan for small business. get a shareable pool of data... got enough joshua trees? ... on up to 25 devices. so you can spend less time... yea, the golden barrels... managing wireless costs and technology and more time driving your business potential. looks like we're going to need to order more agaves... ah! oh! ow! ... and more bandages.
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>> taking a look at some top stories n. russia, workers are starting the long difficult job of replacing 50-acres worth of windows shattered by the shock wave from a meteors. windows in 4,000 buildings were broken. officials say 1200 people were injured in the blast. the manhunt for an escaped florida prisoner is over. police in grapevine, texas say he was shot and killed by officers responding to a report of a home burglary. he escaped monday at a wal-mart store parking lot as he was being transferred to nevada. the convicted sex offender
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allegedly stabbed a detective with his eyeglasses to get away. and a reality tv show featuring oscar pistorius' dead girlfriend will go on as planned. the national broadcasting company says her family wants the show to air. meanwhile, pistorius' uncle says he's numb with shock and grief after the shooting death. the family strongly refutes prosecutors' claims that he deliberately murdered her. no white students allowed. those were the rules at an after school touring program at one colorado elementary school. at least until one parent spoke up. nicole cox, she joins us live. we understand nicole, thank you very much for joining us, that you have a ten-year-old daughter and she needed a little tutoring help and she wasn't allowed because she's white? is that right? >> that's correct. >> tell us more about that. how did you find out about that?
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>> she brought home a letter on monday night stating that there was going to be tutoring allowed for colored only children and -- >> children of color, i believe was the term they used. correct? >> correct. >> right. this is the letter -- i don't know if you can see the screen, when you is i believe the letter that you initially received and i notice you have written in your own handwriting you kidding me. right? >> that's correct. >> yeah. what was your reaction when you first received that? you're looking for tutoring help for your daughter. you got this letter. how did you react? >> well, originally i thought it was a mistake. i was misunderstanding it. so i posted it on facebook to see what other people would say and they were just as upset about it as i was. >> what kind of reaction did you get on facebook? how many people responded? >> oh, i probably got a good 40 different responses from people.
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>> then you got a second letter from the school principal, right? i think we have a full screen of what he said. he said this is andre pearson. its focus, he says, for and designed for children of color, but certainly if we have space for other kids who have needs, we can definitely meet those needs. right? how did you react -- >> that was a voice mail. >> that was a voice mail you got? >> yes. >> so that ended the situation right then and there? >> no. we actually talked to -- there was a report done on it. and followed that by going to the cherry creek school district and talked to them and they said it was a mistake. so they changed it and opened it to to make it available to all students. >> so your daughter is now enrolled in the program? >> not yet. >> let me play devil's advocate here a little bit. this program, as i understand it, was designed specifically for minority children because
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there was an achievement gap in this particular school district, right? >> that's correct. >> so one could understand that if it was designed for minority children, because they are lacking, that it would be understandable that it would be exclusively for minorities. your reaction? >> i disagree. i think it should be open to all students that need help. >> and i believe the school board agrees. i think that you received a letter from the principal afterwards, right? >> we did. the letter stated that it is available to all students now. >> and any negative repercussions from this? any positive repercussions? >> only positive. it's available to all the students that need it and that's the way it should have been in the first place. >> okay. nicole cox, i'm glad things worked out. we appreciate your taking action in this regard. thank you very much. >> thank you so much. now to a rural town of
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coalville, washington, where two fifth grade boys are in custody, accused of conspiring to kill a girl they go to school with. they're ten and 11 years old and prosecutors say they came to school with a knife and with a semiautomatic hand gun that the younger boy apparently got from home. according to court filing, the older boy planned to stab the girl for make fun of him and his friends. school officials found the weapons before anybody was hurt, thank goodness. the two are due in court next week and they could be sentenced to three years in a juvenile facility. also in washington state, lawmakers are considering making the quickie divorce a thing of the past. the family's second chance act, as it's called, would force couples to wait a year before untying the knot. opponents say it would give couples time to talk through their situation and mend fences. but critics say there are no statistics that show drawing out the process helps couples to stay together. and still to come, a veteran home from afghanistan gets a hero's welcome. you don't want to miss this touching reunion when we come
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